How many times do you give thanks in your life? Being grateful is not only a nice gesture, it actually creates positive changes in the neurological structure of your brain. This powerful practice can have a lasting stimulation of the feelings of joy and motivation and increase your capacity to express gratitude.

Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of the practice of gratefulness and the derived positive results.

Why is it easier to focus on negativity or what goes badly in our lives rather than on being grateful? One possible explanation is that our brain is capable to adapt to our environment. If we live in a safe house where we take refuge and have food in our refrigerator, this cozy way of living can become an expectation rather than a blessing. We forgot the extent of how lucky we are, and we take everything for granted.

When a challenge appears in life, we are generally not as used to the persistence of problems as we are our blessings. Usually, our worries come and go, but our comfortable way of life stays the same and we take it for granted. This is why people living in developing countries find it easier to express profound gratitude for all that  life has to offer.

To practice gratefulness consists in not taking anything in your life for granted. When we are able to see the beauty and blessings in all aspects of our lives, our gratitude can create a fundamental change simply by the fact of being thankful for all the things we have and for simply being alive.

Life itself is a precious and magical gift and expressing daily gratitude reminds us of this.

So, what can you be grateful for in your life?

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